6 Tips for Keeping your Blocked Drains Clear

by | Feb 9, 2016

Got Blocked Drains on the Northern Beaches?

One of the best ways to prevent clogged blocked drains around the home, is to be aware of what you put into them!

Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? But how many times have you actually paid attention to what goes down your drain?

In the kitchen, cooking oil, grease and coffee grounds are the biggest culprit, while in the bathroom hair, toothpaste and soap scum are at the top of the list for causing blockages to drains in the home. Prevention is better than cure, so avoiding putting them down your sinks and drains.

Here are some simple tips on how to do this…

1. Pour cooking oil and grease into a container already in the recycle pile, then dispose of it in the bin.

2. Throw coffee grounds away in the garbage or add them to your compost…. your garden will love you for it.

3. Use a screen or drain-grate to cover the drain’s opening and minimise problems with hair and soap scum. Your local plumbing-supply store can suggest fixtures for your requirements.

Home Habits to keep Blocked Drains Clear
Make these tips a habit to keep drains in your home running freely — and smell free….

1. Run hot water through the sink after each use. Hot water keeps oils in food products running down the drain, rather than building up on the inside of pipes, which can make drains sluggish and lead to blockages.

2. Tip a handful of baking soda into the drain, followed by some hot water. Baking soda is a terrific cleaning agent, and it’s also great for absorbing foul odours and leaving your drain pipes smelling fresh.

3. Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes; then follow it with very hot water. Vinegar is a wonder cleaner. It contains acetic acid, which acts as an excellent organic solvent in removing organic buildup in pipes.